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The out-of-contract winger has opted against penning a new deal at Blackburn Rovers this summer and could extend his stay in England's top flight by agreeing a deal at Loftus Road

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QPR have emerged at the front of the pack in the race to sign out-of-contract Blackburn Rovers winger Junior Hoilett, according to reports.

The 22-year-old Canadian had been heavily tipped to make a move to Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach since Steve Kean's side were consigned to relegation last term, but now looks set to remain in the Premier League.

Kean had hoped that he could convince Hoilett to stay at the club and sign a new deal but he is now available for approach and it appears the lure of top flight football has proved too large to ignore.

If Mark Hughes does manage to clinch the deal, it will represent the club's seventh signing of a busy summer in the transfer market. Ryan Nelsen, Andy Johnson, Robert Green, Ji-Sung Park and Samba Diakite have all arrived on permanent deals, while Manchester United full-back Fabio has joined on loan.

Hoilett is believed to have agreed terms ahead of his proposed switch with only a medical and a work permit application to be completed.

Blackburn will be owed compensation by QPR as Hoilett is under 24 years of age. If the two clubs fail to agree a figure, it will be set by an independent tribunal.

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